Do you have a young toddler who is learning their colors or a preschooler who still needs help learning their colors? Kids learn at different rates but when learning can be paired with fun that’s when they truly start to understand what exactly it is that’s being taught. Many kids and even adults learn best with hands on situations.
Color Sorting With Water Beads
It was my daughter and I that worked on color sorting skills with these bright colored beads today. At three years old she is a very hyper child, although she knows most of her colors it’s really getting her to sit still for any length of time that she truly needs help with. Any time that I can make learning fun for her is a true plus, she would just assume run around all day. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with a child running but there’s also nothing wrong with a child learning.
So, for this coloring sorting activity I had her sit on her little bum and put the “color families” together. Everything needs to become a game for her, even games. The pack of water beads that we used came with seven different colors. So to start out with I took seven coffee filters and placed on bead in each. Then it was up to her to take one bead at a time and place them in the corresponding coffee filter.
Fine Motor Skills
It was important to me that she not only work on her color sorting skills but that she also worked on her fine motor skills. That was the purpose in picking up only one bead at a time. These little beads are slippery and even bouncy. It was easier for her to grab them by the handfuls and many times she ended up doing just that. I noticed a few things in watching her play with them, when she took the time to pick up only one a time she was able to sort them properly each time. When she tried to hurry up and grab a handful each time she was less likely to get the correct colored bead into the correct coffee filter. Despite the way these beads may look they are only about the size of a small marble, although they do make larger water beads. We preferred the smaller knowing that our children need help with their fine motor skills.